the history of adult films, there is no bigger star than Marilyn
Chambers. After over a decade away from the blue screen, Marilyn
returns in ĎStill Insatiableí from VCA Pictures. Taking time out
from a very busy schedule, she took time out to talk about her
career, past, present and future.
Before we get started, I must thank you for taking the time to
do this interview. On behalf of all the readers and fans on your
fanclub, I thank you.
Absolutely, my pleasure.
Youíre returning to adult films after how long?
Itís been close to fourteen years.
How does it feel to be back?
It feels really good. It was a little scary at first, but with
the help of the Veronica Hart, director and the cast members, it
was a great experience. I really had a good time.
And the reception has been positive I assume?
Well, have you seen the film?
Did you like it?
I thought it was very good.
I think it was done very well. There was no expense spared. It
took a little bit longer than most adult films being shot today.
There was a little more thought put into it and I think it
shows. Iím very pleased with how it turned out, which is good
since I just signed to do two more pictures for VCA.
Veronica Hart directed this film. Was this the first time youíve
worked for female director?
Yeah, actually it was.
How was that different, if it all?
Well, Iíve known Veronica for a long time. We did an R rated
film for Private Screenings together in New York. I had never
worked with her as actress until then and I noticed that she was
a very good actress. We worked really well together. So when she
told me she was directing, we both got in our heads that maybe
one day we could work together with her directing me. When she
approached me about this, I was very excited.
What was she like to work for?
Veronica knows what itís like to be a woman in front of the
camera, especially when youíre doing a sex scene. There are a
lot of people, especially when itís a guy directing, you know
that they are into it but they are mostly into the work aspect
of the scene. Maybe they are turned on, but they arenít as into
it as Veronica is. Veronica is sitting there and she is so
turned on by the scene and that really helps me doing my scene.
It gives me something to feed off of when I know she is so
turned on by the scene. So working with her was a real pleasure
and a real thrill. I could say anything I needed to her and she
could say anything she needed to me. I just felt really
How would you say she stacks up against the very best directors
you have worked with over your career?
I think she is one of the best. She takes a lot of time and
effort. If there was a problem, she was approachable and changed
things immediately to make everyone feel comfortable. On the
other hand, sheís no shrinking violet. She can be tough when she
had to be and works her butt off. I donít know how she does it
sometimes. She is just very devoted and dedicated. I would like
to see her win some awards.
You have scenes in this movie with Julian, Mr. Marcus, Juli
Ashton, Julian St. Jox and others. How do you think the new
talent stacks up?
Thatís kind of hard to say. Theyíre young. Sexually, they are
really professional. The scene with Julian and Marcus was
interesting. I think we were all kind of nervous. I donít want
to sound like Iím patting myself on the back, but I think my
reputation proceeded me on that one and they were a little
nervous, maybe trying to impress me. I was nervous too and I
think thatís why the scene worked. It was supposed to be in a
sleazy motel, so that energy worked. The scene with Julian was
good because he is just so professional. At the time we shot
that, his back was killing him so he could barely stand up. He
just kept his mouth shut and did what he had to do. I appreciate
that kind of professionalism. In the old days, we used to do all
this cocaine and drink and get crazy. It took forever to do a
This was different?
Much. None of that stuff, it was totally professional and I
think it shows in the quality of the scenes.
What made you decide to make your return to adult films at this
Once again, I have to credit Veronica. Having a good director
was one of my concerns. Obviously one of the biggest concerns
has been the AIDS issue. When I found out that there was a
condoms-only policy, plus the type of AIDS test that they do
now, I started thinking that my personal life was probably more
scary than my professional life. That made me feel a little bit
safer because I do have a child and I want to live to see her
grow up. One of the other reasons is that Iím forty seven years
old. I havenít seen that many older women in films. For me
personally, I have never felt sexier. My personal sex life is at
an all time high, so sex has never been better for me. I would
bet that there are a lot of women out there who feel the same
way. No offense to younger ladies, because everybody likes to
see that, including myself. But I think that when youíre
watching an adult film, if thatís all you see it can be a little
intimidating. I think men like to see older women as well
because older women are sexy and we have a lot of experience.
Itís important to show that in adult films because itís not
Older women were generally confined to ridiculous parody type
roles, Grannyís Gang Bang and such. Do you think this movie will
help change that?
I hope so. I think that a beautiful, sexy older woman is needed.
Iím not saying thatís what I am, but if I can bring any kind of
portrayal of an older woman who enjoys sex, then I am proud to
do so. Maybe I can even help expand the screen life past twenty
five. Thatís one of the problems with this business. It is scary
because usually past age thirty, thatís it. Iíve been very
fortunate to have a long career. Having only done six feature
adult films in my whole career, I havenít really over exposed
myself. People know who I am because of the other things I have
done,. I am constantly doing a lot of publicity and appearing
here and there. Still, I am best known for my adult films which
makes me very happy because obviously they have been done very
well. I think thatís an important factor. If you totally
inundate the market with yourself, people will get tired of
seeing you. How many movies can you make? How many positions can
you be in?
Now that the business doesnít shoot features any more, itís not
uncommon to see a woman do two hundred scenes in two hundred
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I talked to one of the girls who said that she made eighty films
during her first year in the business.
How many movies have you been in throughout your career?
You mean R rated and X Rated?
Iíd have to really think about that one. Letís say twenty seven
give or take.
So right around on third the number this woman did in her first
Yeah, itís pretty amazing.
On any list of top porn performers, be it a fan list or a critic
list, you come out as either the top name or the second name on
each and every list. Are you aware of that kind of popularity
and esteem, and how does it feel?
I try not to think about it actually. I know that fame is
fleeting. I am honored that people think that way. I really
donít know what to say. I try not to think about it in those
The woman who usually appears right below or beside you on the
list is Ginger Lynn. She also has just made a comeback film for
VCA. Any chance you might be working with her in the future?
Iím not sure they would do that. They might want to use us to
promote different films because of the name value, but I would
like to. I like Ginger a lot.
Now, the big question. Marilyn Chambers is back. Ginger Lynn is
back. Who is going to win the battle of the superstars?
Oh me, for sure. (She laughs.) I hate to be competition with
someone, but hey.
This is something I should probably tell you. You are probably
single handedly responsible for my career in porn journalism,
and all the hassles I have ever given film makers or performers.
Yes. The very first adult film star autograph I ever had was
yours. My parents brought it back for me from Las Vegas and it
hung over my desk for years. That began my interest in porn.
Thank you for that compliment. You know I do hear that from a
lot guys who snuck their parents copy of Behind the Green Door
or what not. I have been fortunate the people have grown up with
me over the years. Now their kids are watching my films and I
get a lot of feedback when I do shows.
Do you still dance?
No, I still do shows, but I donít dance I was just in San
Francisco doing some live sex shows at Mitchell Brothers. I
hadnít even done that in ten years. It was pretty weird, but it
worked out well, Iím going back in October. I also go the a
proclamation from Mayor Willie Brown. He named July 28th 1999
Marilyn Chambers day for all of my service to the city. That was
In the 80ís you did some things on film that not everyone did,
specifically some interracial scenes and anal scene. Did that
have any adverse affect on your career?
No. Thatís one of the reasons why I wanted to do an interracial
scene in this movie. I had some people saying Ďoh no, you canít
do that, youíll offend people in the south.í I said you know
what, screw that. To me, that makes it a big turn on, that itís
taboo, that youíre not supposed to do it. Iím sure it has turned
some people off over the years, but I know itís turned a lot of
people on. People still think you should stick with your own
kind and I think that it was important to do a scene like that
because Whether people want to admit it or not, that it turns
them on. Itís an important thing to show because itís nothing
Iím afraid to do. I think itís sexy and a turn on.
And itís a good sign that it hasnít harmed your career.
Hell, whatís going to harm my career? Iíve already been black
balled from doing anything other than adult films anyway.
Obviously, with your hard-core career, it has been tough for you
to get mainstream work.
Itís impossible, it really is. I have done some R rated stuff,
late night crap on USA and Cinemax. I mean, itís fine, itís good
money, but itís nothing that I consider acting. You can do that
stuff with your eyes shut. I would like to do something that
takes some actual acting ability. It seems that every time I
play a part I am playing myself. I have been offered a lot of
stuff that ends up jinxed or turned down because the producerís
wife got pissed off or some famous actor wouldnít work with me
because I did porno films or whatever. A lot of them are afraid
because Iím more famous than they are. So, I kind of got the
idea that it was never going to happen about ten years ago. I
figured I might as well enjoy what I have and not be bitter over
what I donít. Iíve been very happy that my career has gone on as
long as it has. If I can go another three years, Iíll be very
And after that?
After that, who knows? Hopefully Iíll be involved in the film
business on some level.
Do you plan on directing any adult films?
I would like to, and I think I could be successful at it because
I really know what Iím doing now. God, Iíve been around long
enough. I do know what I think makes a sex scene sexy and I
often see things that could be done better.
What philosophies would you bring to directing?
I really believe in rehearsal, so you know what youíre going to
say, what positions youíre going to do, blocking a scene. Little
things. I know for me, the visual stimulation is not as sexy as
the audio. I like sounds, so I like to hear them saying the
right things and being verbal. The talking part of it is really
sexy so it helps if part of that is scripts. "Oh God" is fine at
home, thatís natural, but for films, I like a little more. When
you have actual sex on camera, it almost becomes documentary
footage because you actually are having sex. That isnít
something you are acting. There has to be something going along
with it that makes it pretty to see and pretty to listen to.
Something you donít normally get in the bedroom. We want to kind
of pepper it up a little bit.
If you could wave a magic wand over your career, would you make
I donít know, thatís a really good question, I would have to say
no, I donít think so.
Nothing stands out, I shouldnít have done that?
No, absolutely not. I guess there are some things I should have
done, but I wouldnít un-do anything.
Your first adult film was ĎBehind the Green Doorí, had you been
doing anything in front of the camera before that?
No, I was in a film that Sean Cunningham did when I was about
seventeen. He later did Friday the 13th. It was supposed to be
like a documentary. Before that I was in ĎOwl and the Pussycat.í
Those were my only two films of any kind before Green Door.
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How were you the first day on Green Door, were you nervous?
As you would expect any nineteen year old to be, I was nervous
as a whore in church.
What about now, do you still get nervous?
When itís a sex scene, yeah. I want to do the best I can. For
instance, there was something funny that happened in ĎStill
Insatiable.í We were doing the scene and Veronica said ĎOK,
weíre ready for the DP nowí and Iím thinking, what does that
mean, the director of photography? Everyone started laughing at
me. When they reminded me it was double penetration, I was sure
I wasnít ready for that. Letís face it, I donít get a dick up my
ass every night.
What? Itís not a regular thing in your life?
No, I donít even live with anybody. I have a boyfriend who lives
in Las Vegas, so itís mostly phone sex. So yeah, I still get
nervous. I have always wanted to do the best scenes possible.
Even in the old days, I mean taking John Holmes up the butt,
that was something. Nobody was really doing that. Back then anal
was the ultimate, now everybody does it.
How did you get yourself ready for taking that plunge again?
A couple of days before the shoot, Veronica gave me a box of
dildos going from small to very large with a lot of love oils to
get me started.
That scene is getting a lot of praise.
I wanted to do it a little differently, a little rougher. I
donít know if you remember, at the end when Iím on that dresser
with my head hanging off, thatís the best way to deep throat.
Itís actually the only way youíre going to get a dick all the
way down your throat. I also think itís a very pretty angle. I
made that suggestion and they took it graciously, but I wanted
to do it rougher.
You do have to be careful with that these days. That pool table
scene from ĎInsatiableí probably wouldnít fly today.
And see, thatís my favorite scene of all times. That one and the
blowjob scene with Artie.
What do you think your best adult movie is, before the new one
Iíd have to say Insatiable, it had the pool table scene and the
anal with John, that would be best.
Well, thank you very much for taking the time, it was an honor
and we look forward to seeing you in new projects.